Medical doctors and academics pointed out that the number of admissions to major State hospitals resulting from complications arising out of the use of drugs had risen by 30% when compared with the figure for the same three months ago.
According to the National University Teachers Association, the drugs of choice for abuse included cannabis sativa from Kerala, India, also known as Kerala Ganja (KG), hashish, morphine, heroin and opioid based pharmaceuticals such as Tramadol which according to Secretary of the Association and Head of the Department of Pharmacology of the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences of the Rajarata University, Dr. Channa Jayasumana, was available among the youth in syrup form.
Dr. Jayasumana said that persons being admitted to tertiary care centres were due to medical complications such as addicts showing withdrawal symptoms and also cases of overdose.
Elsewhere it was revealed that the drug smuggling and trafficking racket, primarily involving KG and heroin, was thriving in the East, using maritime routes in the Indian Ocean surrounding the Mannar District and areas within the District such as Silawathura. Dr. Jayasumana further explained that the business racket was taking place as per various sources including security forces personnel, with the blessing, knowledge and protection, and the backing of a certain Government Minister. It is learned that the said Cabinet Minister is namely Minister of Industry and Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen.